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Real Estate Market 2019 Waterloo Region Annual Report

Waterloo, Cambridge, Kitchener Real Estate Market 2019 Overview

The Waterloo Region real estate market 2019 experienced another year of growth in many key stats. This blog post will review the key market statistics for the entire Waterloo Region. From there we will compare the performance of the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge markets in 2019 to the past years’ numbers. Furthermore we will comment on important trends and metrics that may help indicate what we can expect in the coming months in the Waterloo region real estate market.

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Waterloo Region Real Estate Overall Market Review 2019

There were 8,106 total sales in 2019 throughout Waterloo Region across all market segments. That represents a 3.6% increase in the number of sales from 2018. Of those 8,106 sales 62.6% were single family homes and 37.4% were townhouse/condo sales. Below are the key market stats for the entire Waterloo Region.

  • Median sale price $490,00 UP 10.1% from $445,00 in 2018
  • Average sale price $527,699 UP 9.2% from $483,037 in 2018
  • Average Days on Market 23 Days DOWN 4.2% from 24 in 2018
  • Percentage of Listing Price Received 101.5% UP from 100.9% in 2018
  • Months Supply of Inventory was 1.5 UP from 1.4 in 2018 *Rolling 12 month average across all market segments

Cambridge Real Estate Market 2019

There were 2,187 total sales in Cambridge in 2019, up 9.8% from 2018. Median sale price increased to $475,00 in 2019 from $440,00 in 2018. The average sale price in Cambridge increased to $500,422
(rolling 12 month average) in 2019 from $470,129 in 2018.

The percentage of listing price received increased to 101.1% in 2019, up from 100.4% in 2019. In Cambridge there was just 0.5 months supply of inventory at the end of 2019 and the average days on market was 21 days.

Kitchener Real Estate Market 2019

There were 3,704 total sales in Kitchener over 2019, up 3.6% from 2018. Median sale price across all market segments in Kitchener was $475,00 in 2019, up 10.5% from 2018. The average sale price was $499,282
(rolling 12 month average) in 2019 up 9.3% from 2018.

In Kitchener the average percentage of listing price in 2019 was 101.9%, up from 101.4% in 2018. There was 0.6 months of supply in Kitchener at the end of 2019 compared to 1 month of supply one year ago. Listings in the Kitchener real estate market experienced an average of 21 days on market throughout 2019.

Waterloo Real Estate Market 2019

There were 1,601 sales in Waterloo during 2019, down 4.9% from 2018. The median sale price was $525,00 in 2019, up 11.7% from 2018. In Waterloo the average sale price in 2019 was $562,088 (rolling 12 month average), up 11.1% from 2018.

Waterloo listings sold for 101.2% of listing price on average throughout 2019, up from 100.1% in 2018. There was 0.7 months supply of inventory at the end of 2019 and the average days on market was 25 days throughout 2019.

Realtor Notes
2019 Review & 2020 Thoughts

  • Very strong buyer competition below $600,000
  • Low supply and high demand market-wide
  • Development and redevelopment continue
  • Parking supply in city centres starting to diminish
  • Sustained interest rates

A significant trend we noticed in 2019 was a significant drop in available listings priced at $600,000 and under across all market segments. This is partly because of the aggressive price growth in Waterloo Region over the past few years pushing average prices higher. This trend, and aggressive price growth in the lower price ranges is fueled by strong buyer demand and lack of new inventory coming to market. Pre-construction options under under $600,00 in Waterloo region typically consist of townhomes or condo options, not single detached properties. Low market supply and high buyer demand is expected to continue in Waterloo region.

Development in Waterloo region continues but buyer demand continues to outpace new supply. Intense redevelopment in the downtown Kitchener and Uptown Waterloo areas has continued and gotten more aggressive throughout 2019. Expect this trend to continue in the coming years. With that we have notice parking in the city centres of Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge has increasingly become a problem for local businesses and for buyers moving into condos in these locations.

Finally, interest rates have remained low for another year. Throughout 2019 key interest rates and mortgage rates remained fairly steady. Additional regulations we not introduced in 2019 to help cool buyer demand either. If interest rates remain low, and additional regulations are not introduced, expect the financing side of the market to continue to support strong buyer demand.

Looking forward to 2020 we expect these trends to continue. There is low inventory across all market segments, especially under $600,000. New units can’t reach market quick enough to catch up with buyer demand. Financing rates are still historically low as well. Our market conditions support the trend that competition will continue to be strong and prices are likely to continue to rise.

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Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge Real Estate Markets December 2019

Waterloo Region Real Estate Review December 2019

Seasonal trends are a very real thing in the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge real estate markets! This is made very clear when we see declining inventory numbers over the winter months. Our local real estate market continue to experience price growth fueled by low inventory and strong buyer demand. Below we review key market stats across all market segments and briefly overall sales numbers and market conditions for buyers and sellers in the realtor notes.

Waterloo Region Real Estate Key Market Stats

Average sale price across all property types in Waterloo region was $543,786 in December 2019.

All listings were on market for an average of 29 days.

Overall market supply was 0.6 months in December 2019

Waterloo Region Single Family Homes

Below are keys stats for the single family property type as well as Condos and townhouses/semi-detached properties afterwards.

Average Sale Price: $645,411 (UP about $15,000 from November)

Days on market: 29 Days (UP from 26 days)

Months Supply – Inventory: 0.6 Months (DOWN from 1.1)

The average sale price of single family homes in the Waterloo Region real estate market was $645,411 in December which is up $15,000 from November and almost $40,000 from October. The average days on market was 29 days for single-family properties. Days on market rose for the third straight month which follows seasonal norms of higher days on market during Winter months. The Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge real estate markets experienced a second straight month of declining supply. With only 0.6 months of inventory there are very few single homes available in all of Waterloo Region.

Waterloo Region Condos

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Average Sale Price:  $350,579 (UP almost $12,000 )

Average Days on Market: 40 Days (UP 5 Days)

Months of Inventory: 1.8 Months (DOWN from 2.7 months)

The average sale price for condos in Waterloo Region was $350,579 in December, up for the third straight month. Condos were selling in 40 days on average in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge real estate markets. There was 1.8 months of condo inventory in December. The last time there was less than two months of condo inventory in Waterloo Region was exactly one year ago in December of 2018.

Waterloo Region
Townhouses & Semi-Detached

Check out the key stats on this market segment below! Want more information on this segment? Drop a comment or contact us here.

Semi -Detached average sale price was $473,689

The average days on market for both segments was 22 days

Townhouse average sale price was $411,097

There was just 0.3 months of inventory in November 2019

The spike in average sale price for semi-detached homes was significant in December 2019 jumping to $473,689 from $435,356 just one month ago. A main factor for this was the significant decrease in semi-detached homes listed and sold inthe month of December. We will look at this again in January to see if there is a significant trend or irregular month for this market segment.

Realtor Notes

There were a total of 332 sales across all real estate market segment in December, down from 591 in November. There were 195 Single family homes sold, 55 condos, and 82 townhomes/semi-detached properties sold. December and January are traditionally the slowest months of the year for number of sales and these figures match that trend.

Looking at the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge real estate markets as a whole we noticed that more listings were selling significantly above asking price compared to just a few months earlier. This is likely a combination of timing and market conditions. Buyers and investors may be pushing to lock up properties before the end of the calendar year. That combined with the significant drop in available listings (market supply) may cause buyers to be pushing higher prices to acquire properties. The average sale price as a percentage of listing price was 102.5% this past month, up from 99.6% in December 2018.

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Temperatures & Inventory Dropping in Waterloo Region

November 2019 Waterloo Region Real Estate Review

Seasonal trends are a very real thing in the Waterloo Region real estate market as seen in the declining inventory numbers. Our local real estate market continue to experience growth fueled by low supply and strong buyer demand. Below we review key market stats across all market segments and briefly discuss the topic of affordability in our realtor notes.

Waterloo Region Real Estate Key Market Stats

Average sale price across all property types in Waterloo region was $550,865 in November 2019. That is up from around $532,847 in October.

All listings were on market for an average of 26 days, up from 23 days in October.

Overall market supply was 1.1 months in November, down compared to 1.4 in October.

Waterloo Region Single Family Homes

Below are keys stats for the single family property type as well as Condos and townhouses/semi-detached properties afterwards.

Average Sale Price: $630,399 (UP from $604,355 in October)

Days on market: 26 Days (UP from 23 days)

Months Supply – Inventory: 1.1 Months (DOWN from 1.5)

The average sale price of single family homes in the Waterloo Region real estate market was $630,399 up almost $25,000 from just one month ago. The average days on market was 26 days for single-family properties. The Waterloo Region market experienced a second straight month of declining supply. With only 1.1 months of inventory there are very few single homes available.

Waterloo Region Condos

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Average Sale Price:  $339,805 (UP almost $6,000 )

Average Days on Market: 35 Days (UP 2 Days)

Months of Inventory: 2.7 Months (UP from 2.6)

The average sale price for condos in Waterloo Region was $339,805 in November, up for the second straight month. Condos were selling in 35 days on average last month matching seasonal trends. There was 2.7 months of condo inventory in November, up from 1.7 months in November 2018.

Waterloo Region
Townhouses & Semi-Detached

Check out the key stats on this market segment below! Want more information on this segment? Drop a comment or contact us here.

Semi -Detached average sale price was $435,356

The average days on market for both segments was 23 days

Townhouse average sale price was $432,082

There was just 0.6 months of inventory in November 2019

Realtor Notes

Waterloo Region continues to experience low inventory numbers across all market segments putting upwards pressure on prices and affordability. In November there was 733 total property for sale which was about 300 units less compared to the same month last year. Furthermore, there was only 283 units combined between the condo, townhouse, and semi-detached segments. That is comparable to the 247 units for sale in the same month in 2016 which was the beginning of the extremely hot 2017 real estate market.

We look at these specific segments more closing because they are traditionally seen as more affordable options compared to single family homes. As inventory remains low, and prices continue to climb, more buyers and investors will turn to these segments for affordable options. This competition will further amplify the price growth in the lower price points and more affordable market segments like condos, townhomes and semi-detached properties.

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Waterloo Real Estate Market Review – July 2019

In July, the Waterloo real estate market experienced a second straight decline in inventory. Listings continue to sell in about three weeks on average and for approximately 100% of asking price. The Waterloo real estate markets continue to be competitive signalling values should appreciate.

Waterloo Region Real Estate Key Market Stats

  • Average sale price across all property types in Waterloo region was $516,481 in July 2019
  • All listings were on the market for an average of 22 days
  • Overall market supply was 1.8 months in July 2019

Wondering how July compared to past months? View our monthly blogs to see!

Single Family Homes

For single family homes the average sale price has increased by 6.3% from July 2018. The average days on market was 20 days, and the months supply remained at 2 months for the second straight month. 

  • Average Sale Price: $594,270
  • Days on market: 21 Days
  • Months Supply – Inventory: 2.0 Months

The Waterloo real estate market continues to experience very low inventory, especially in single family homes. Low inventory is fueling competition and price appreciation in this segment.

For example, months of inventory for single family homes priced between 200-450,000 is just 0.3 months, down from 0.5 months last year. That is a decrease of about 40%. For single family homes priced above $450,000 there is just 2.4 months of inventory. This is down from 2.8 months (14.3% drop) in the same month last year.

Condos

Our Waterloo region real estate market continues to provide opportunity in the Condo segment as redevelopment of the city core’s progress. New developments from local and national organization in uptown Waterloo and downtown Kitchener continue to be the focus for local residence and investors.

  • Average Sale Price: $320,250 
  • Average Days on Market: 29
  • Months of Inventory: 3.3 Months

Waterloo Condos increased in average sale price by almost $15,000 from June to July. Average days on market increased slightly from 19 to 21. Months of inventory increased from 2.9 in June to 3.3 in July.

Townhouses & Semi-Detached

  • Semi -Detached average sale price was $436,904
  • Townhouse average sale price was $421,378
  • The average days on market was 21 days in June for this segment
  • 1.0 months of inventory in July 2019 down from 1.2 in June

Developers and builders just can’t bring new units to market quick enough in this segment. Buyers have been hungry for affordable freehold options which townhouses and semi-detached properties have traditionally filled. What we have found, especially over the past few years, is that the price gap between smaller detached homes and this segment has continued to shrink.

We have speculated that Investor demand and a shift in buyer trend from the resale market to pre-construction has also fueled aggressive price growth in towns and semis. Check Buzz Buzz for pre-construction and upcoming developments in Waterloo Region and surrounding areas.

Realtor Notes – Buyers be ready!

Buyers, we feel your pain. There are few options out there and anything good is sold very quickly and likely above asking. We work with buyers every day and we found that education, qualification, and preparation are the best way to find great deals in any market. 

Educate yourself on the buying process and to better understand the market conditions. Qualify yourself with a mortgage pre-approval, have your deposit ready, and get comfortable with the types of offers that are going to win you the perfect home when you see it! Finally prepare yourself to actively search with the right tools. Buyers, prepare to active search and make sure you are using the best tools. Get connected on a realtor quality property search! Review any options as soon as they come to market and be prepared to search. This will help you narrow your search so you can confidently offer on the next property that matches exactly what you are looking for.

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Waterloo Region Real Estate Blog Monthly Market Review

June 2019 Real Estate Review

In this month’s waterloo region real estate blog we review key stats and comment on our market trends. June 2019 followed seasonal trends with slight decreases in average sales prices, volume of units sold, and increases to average days on market in most property types. Waterloo region real estate markets experienced a decrease in months of supply across all property types.

Waterloo Region Real Estate Key Market Stats

  • Average sale price across all property types in Waterloo region was $522,931 in June 2019
  • All listings were on market for an average of 20 days
  • Overall market supply was 1.9 months in June 2019

Single Family Homes

We cover key stats like average sale price, average days on market and months of inventory in our monthly Waterloo Region real estate blog. Below are keys stats for the single family property type as well as Condos and townhouses/semi-detached properties afterwards.

Average Sale Price: $601,604

Days on market: 19 Days

Months Supply – Inventory: 2.0 Months

For single family homes the average sale price decreased by approximately $4,000, the average days on market stayed the same at 19 days, and the months supply dropped slightly to 2 in June. Overall there are no major changes compared to May 2019 as our real estate markets follow seasonal trends. Although there were less single family homes sold from the previous month, and average sale prices fell slightly, we are still in a strong sellers market. Expect the single family market to continue to increase in value and for listings of this property type to sell quickly moving forward.

Condos

The interest in condos has gained more and more attention as redevelopment in the Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge transit corridor continues to make headlines. With major developments in each of these cities in Waterloo region we will continue to update our network and community on the condo market every month.

Average Sale Price:  $329,370

Average Days on Market: 26 Days

Months of Inventory: 2.9 Months

The key market stats in the Waterloo region condo market revealed little surprises. In june 2019 the average sale price of a condo in Waterloo region was virtually the same. Furthermore, there was only a 0.1 months decline in the available inventory and the average days on market was 26 (compared to 28 in May 2019).

Townhouses & Semi-Detached

Check out the key stats on this market segment below! Want more information on this segment? Drop a comment or contact us here.

  • Semi -Detached average sale price was $417,030
  • Townhouse average sale price was $409,387
  • The average days on market was approximately 19 days in June for these property types
  • There was just 1.2 months of inventory in June 2019 down from 1.6 in May

Realtor Notes

In review of the key market stats for June 2019 we can say that our Waterloo Region real estate markets provided little surprises this past month. Between June and July our real estate markets typically see a slight pull back or slide down in price growth and volume of properties sold. This trend continued in 2019 with average price and number of units sold for all property types declining in June.

An important announcement was made on the key topic of affordability in June 2019. The government is planning to roll out a new first-time home buyer incentive program in September of this year. You can review the announcement the the details here: First-Time Home Buyer Incentive.

We will be releasing more information and commentary on how this will affect our local real estate markets as well as you, the buyers and sellers, as more specific information is released.

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Single Family Homes in Waterloo Region Continue to Increase in Value

May 2019 Real Estate Review

Single family homes in Waterloo Region continue to experience consistent price growth while selling quickly. As we review other key market data for the condo and Townhouse/Semi-detached segments we notice some short term fluctuations and long term trends. For condos there was slight decrease in average sale price and a little more inventory coming to market. In the townhouse and semi-detached segment of the Waterloo Region real estate market listings are selling quickly, prices rose as well as inventory.

*note there was a previous issue with discrepancies in median and average data figures for April 2019. The issue has be resolved. Contact us directly via contact page or comment for specific questions. 

Key Market Stats

  • Single family average sale price up to $563,056
  • Condo average sale slid to $331,581
  • Single family listings are selling in 2 weeks or less on average (for a 5th straight month)
  • Overall inventory increased in May 2019 to 2.1 months of supply

Single Family Homes

Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge continue to account for the largest volume of single family homes in Waterloo Region sold. In these cities, as well as the rest of Waterloo Region, the averages sale price of single family homes continue to rise.

Average Sale Price: $563,056 UP 7,058

The average sale price in May 2019 was $563,056, up from $555,998 last month. Last month’s average sale price for single family homes in Waterloo Region means there has been just over a 7% increase in average sale price since May 2018.

*Note average sale price was about $525,000 in May 2018

Days on market: 11 Days DOWN 1 Day

Single family homes in Waterloo region continue to sell QUICKLY. Single family homes in Waterloo Region sold in 11 days on average, one day quicker than April. Listings in this segment have sold in 14 days or less every month so far in 2019.

Months Supply – Inventory: 2.1 Months UP 0.2 Months

In Waterloo Region single family homes have experienced an extended period of low inventory. Our local real estate markets have not had more than 2.1 months of inventory for single family homes for over 3 years. On a positive note, in December 2018 Waterloo Region only had just one month of inventory. Since then, we have experienced five straight months of rising inventory for single family homes in Waterloo Region.

Condos

The condo market remains red hot. Redevelopment in city centres promises additional inventory but it can’t come quick enough. Investors and buyers searching for value in lower price points continue to scoop up great condo deals!

Average Sale Price: $331,581 DOWN $2,213

The average sale price of condos in Waterloo Region slid from $333,812 in Aril to $331,581 in May. This was a minor decrease of $2,213 from the average sale price last month. We can expect the condo market to experience more short term volatility compared to the single family markets in Waterloo region primarily because of the nature of Condo markets (see realtor notes for more on this).

Average Days on Market: 27 Days SAME AS APRIL

The average days on market for condos in Waterloo Region was 27 days. This is the same as April 2019. It is important to note that the overall trend o condos selling in fewer days has continued for year.

Months of Inventory: 3.1 Months UP 0.3 Months

Inventory of condos in Waterloo Region increased for the 5th straight month. May marks the first month since September 2018 that Waterloo Region condo market has had more than three months of inventory. Short term fluctuations in condo inventory numbers can be attributed to the release of new condo developments.

Townhouses & Semi-Detached

Check out the key stats on this market segment below! Want more information on this segment? Drop a comment or contact us here.

  • Average sale price was $409,728 UP from $407,512 in April
  • The average days on market was 10 days in May DOWN 1 day from April
  • There was 1.6 months of inventory in May 2019 UP 0.4 months from last month

Realtor Notes

Although the average sale price for condos dropped in May the other segments in our local real estate markets continue to experience price appreciation. Even over the next few months we can expect the average sale price of condos to continue to increase. Price growth in our real estate markets is currently fueled by low inventory, strong buyer demand, and low financing rates.

List to sale price ratio (or “Percentage of original price”) is another data point we review to measure how competitive our local real estate market landscape is. For May 2019 that was 101.2% compared to 101% of May last year. That means that on average listings are selling for about 1% above asking price. That compared to the previous 10 year averages of closer to 96-98%.

As noted in the condo market section of this monthly real estate market update this segment will experience short term volatility in key metrics like inventory, price and days on market. One reason for that is that large amounts of inventory being introduced and sold in small time frames. As new condo buildings are ready for sale large numbers of condo units are made available and sold in short periods of time. Compare this to a how a builder releases just a small handful of single family homes at a time. A larger volume of condo units released and sold in a short time frame will create these types of short term volatility in the condo market.

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March 2019 Real Estate Market Review

Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph

The March 2019 real estate market review will cover the freehold and condo markets for Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph. We review key stats you need to know about in local real estate markets!

Key Stats

  • The average price of freeholds up approx $21,000 from March 2018
  • Average days on market and inventory numbers drop matching seasonal norms
  • Average price of condos increased about $1,000 from February of this year and almost $15,000 from March 2018

Freehold – Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph

Average sale price for freeholds in Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph real estate markets increased for the fourth straight month to $555,403 in March 2019. Compared to the average price for freeholds in March 2018 ($534,272) that is just under a $21,000 increase in average sale price.

Freeholds continue to move quickly with an average days on market of 20 in March. This is down from the 12 month high in December 2018 of 33 days. March 2019 marks the fourth straight month that the average days on market has declined. This follows seasonal trends as we are in the Spring season.

Freeholds in Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph saw the most significant one month drop of inventory in over a year. With just under two months of inventory in march 2019 the freehold market is in an extremely strong seller’s market. March 2018 saw similar numbers with less than two months of inventory then experience steady increases to available inventory in the coming months.

Condo – Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph

Average price for condos in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph markets rose about $1,000 from February to $359,636 in March 2019. Looking back the average sale price in March 2018 was $344,323 in the same markets.

The average days on market dropped from around 35 days in December/January to 27 days in March 2019, but up from 25 days in February. Expect the average days on market to stay in and around 25-30 days or decrease in April.

Condo Inventory numbers for Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph real estate markets continued to drop. There was just over 2 months of condo inventory in March 2019. This marks the third straight month of decline in condo inventory. The Condo market is still a seller’s market and this trend will continue for the foreseeable future.

March 2019 Real Estate Market Review Realtor Notes

After review of the March 2019 real estate market numbers inventory is down, average days on market down and prices up for another. This signals that we are still in a seller’s market and that this trend will continue. The market is tough for buyers in virtually every price point with sellers listing properties and setting offer review date to generate multiple offers. This means that most buyers are competing directly with other offers on most properties listed in the area.

What does that mean for sellers? It is a great time to sell! You can command a premium because there is a significant shortage of available options for buyers. Properties that show well are commanding even more of a premium than ever.

Buyers, we feel your pain. We work hard for both sellers and buyers to create value no matter the market circumstances. For buyers we preach education, preparation and speed. The market is tight but not impossible to find value. The more you monitor the market, view properties and how quickly you can move on a good deal is the difference between scoring the right property and getting burned with a bad deal.

Stay tuned for upcoming blog post on tips for buyers in a hyper-competitive market. Drop us a comment or contact directly at Zack@primepropertieson.com with questions or a free consultation for all your real estate needs.

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MLS Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge & Guelph – January 2019 Real Estate Market Review

Now that the first month of 2019 is in the books we want to review the key MLS stats for Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph real estate markets. For our monthly real estate market reviews this year we will be covering the four major markets in The Region of Waterloo and Wellington county.

Below we share the average sale price, average days on market, and months of inventory for January 2019. We review both the freehold and condo markets in these cities and compare to the last 12 months. Reviewing the MLS data on these three key real estate market stats will help to understand the speed and direction the freehold and condo markets are heading in our major market centers.

Freehold Market – MLS January 2019

The average sale price in January 2019 was $525,653 up from $499,918 in January 2018.

The Average days to sell for freehold properties was 28 days in January 2018 and just 24 days in January 2019.

MLS data on freehold listings shows that we sit at exactly two and a half months of inventory as of January 31, 2019. That is slightly up from just over two months of inventory for January 2018. This tells us that the freehold market is still a strong sellers market.

Months of Inventory – Freeholds in Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge & Guelph January 2019

Condo Market – MLS January 2019

The average price of condos increased to $350,522 in January 2019 compare to $322,063 in January 2018.

Average days to sell increased from 29 days in January 2018 to 33 days in January 2019.

The MLS data shows that the months of inventory has come down from almost three and a half months in January of 2018 to just under three months now. This means that the condo market is still in a sellers market.


Months of Inventory – Condos in Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge & Guelph January 2019

Realtor Commentary – Still A Sellers Market

In review of MLS data this past month we see that there is still a shortage of listings and properties are still selling quickly. One key point is that condos have more inventory and are taking more days to sell on average then freehold properties are. This is likely due to the large influx of condo developments in the Region of Waterloo and Wellington County.

The average prices for freeholds did not change dramatically in 2018. That compared to the the average price of condos that increased by over 10%. The most likely answer to the that is the affordability of such properties. With more buyers getting priced out of the freehold market it wouldn’t be surprising if condos experienced a similar price appreciation in 2019.

In summary the freehold MLS data shows us that these listings are selling quicker and for more money than condo properties. Both markets are still experiencing historically low levels of inventory meaning both are still considered sellers markets.

For more content on buying and selling over the winter months check out our last blog post. Have questions or wanted to see a specific topic covered in our blog? Leave us a comment below or contact us – We would love to connect!

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Selling And Buying A House In The Winter

Is It A Good Idea? Selling and Buying a House In The Winter

Every year we see realtors and people in real estate discussing the topic of selling and buying a house in the Winter. Typical comments and opinions range from “The market is hot, it’s a great time to sell” to “Never sell in the winter, you won’t get top dollar” and even “buyers can low-ball sellers because any seller listing in the winter HAS to sell”. All the contradicting information can be super confusing for prospective buyers and sellers.

So is it a good idea to be selling and buying a house in the winter? It’s important to acknowledge that selling and buying a house is very situational. Below we will hit the key points you need to consider for both selling and buying a house in the Winter.

 

Selling A House In The Winter

When considering selling your house in the winter you have to consider these points:

  1. Are you buying AND selling? If you are buying and selling in the same timeframe then it’s a wash (refer to our blog post on buying or selling first here).
  2. Just Selling a House:  If you are just selling then dig deep on the market for your property. If there is a severe shortage in available listings like yours then it’s a good idea to list. For sellers that are flexible on when they can list, on average listing in the spring yields the highest average sale prices. We would recommend preparing your home for market in late February/early March.
  3. Competition: There are fewer listings in the Winter months! This means that it is less likely that another property similar to yours lists in the same neighborhood. There can also fewer active buyers. It is important to note that buyers that are active in the Winter are typically motivated buyers.
  4. Closing Date: Selling your house in the Winter doesn’t always mean you have to move in the Winter. You can always try to get a longer closing date to have your move date in late February or early March. Just remember the more flexible you are on closing dates the more options you have to work out a favorable deal with a buyer.

In summary, selling a house in the winter can be a great idea for you depending on your situation. If you HAVE to sell for financial reasons, personal reasons, or even because you found your next dream home that is ok. For your own sake just do your homework to prepare, market and sell your home for the most money given the market conditions.

Buying A House In The Winter

You never know when your dream home will hit the market! For people buying in the Winter here are the top things you need to know:

  1. Inventory: There are fewer homes on the market in the Winter months, fact. In Waterloo Region and Wellington County there are always fewer listings to pick from this time of year. Regardless if you are looking for a fairly common property or something with unique features just be aware that there are fewer listings to choose from this time of year.
  2. Competition: There are fewer listings available but there are also typically fewer active buyers. Usually this means that there are little changes to the competitive landscape for properties to buy but every winter we see a larger percentage of homes sell conditionally and fewer properties sell in multiple offers. This means as a buyer you can have a better opportunity to buy a place without competing!
  3. Motivation: We have all heard “They’ll selling in the winter they HAVE to sell”. That isn’t always true, don’t assume anything. That being said, a larger percentage of sellers in the Winter are more motivated compared to other seasons. This is usually people relocating for a new job or investors selling off assets before year’s end. If you find a motivated seller there can be great opportunity to get a great deal!

When buying a house in the Winter it is vital to make sure that you are finding the right opportunity for you and your situation. You can find a great property that has everything you need for the price you want regardless of the season.

Realtor Commentary

Selling and buying a house is situational. Regardless of the season you can sell your home for top dollar or find a great deal to purchase your next one. In order to pull that off the buyers and sellers that are active in the market, using the right tools, and prepared will be rewarded. Comment below or contact us directly to connect with Zack and get started with your moving strategy.

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Real Estate Market Review – MLS Waterloo and Wellington November 2018

MLS Waterloo and Wellington November 2018

MLS Waterloo Region and Wellington County data shows growth in both number of listings and prices. Our real estate markets in Waterloo Region and Wellington County followed seasonal trends as winter approaches. Below we will share sales volume and price data for MLS Waterloo and MLS Wellington.

MLS Waterloo Region – Stronger Than 2017?!

 

MLS Waterloo Region data shows that our residential real estate markets had more active listings and a higher average sale price compared to 2017! The Waterloo Region real estate market in November 2017 had  1,405 active listings and an average sale price of just over $488,000. This year, MLS Waterloo data shows healthy growth with 1,509 active listings and an average sale price of $504,673 in the month of November.  When compared to October, Waterloo region saw slight decreases in active listings but almost the exact same average sale price.

 

MLS Wellington County – Steady Growth

Wellington County experienced comparable growth in both active listings and average sale prices to Waterloo Region. November 2018 average sale price was $517,829 compared to $487,456 in 2017. Wellington County real estate markets also had more active listings with 517 this year and 463 in 2017. When compared to October numbers, Wellington county saw a decrease in active listings but a increase in average sale price as shown on the graph. These number are in line with seasonal trends.

 

Realtor Notes

Price and inventory numbers for both Waterloo and Wellington real estate markets show steady growth in both categories. This is encouraging as it supports a more stable real estate market. Slight increases in inventory numbers provides buyers with a little more opportunity. We typically see average prices slide in the winter months but overall steady increases to average sale prices through 2018 signals a more predictable market and steady growth.

Looking forward to December we can expect average prices to stay fairly similar in both Waterloo Region and Wellington County real estate markets. Inventory of active listings will likely decrease as investor and sellers push to sell and close before the new year. We typically see a few more motivated sellers in November and December as sellers push to get deals done before the year end. This does NOT mean it is a bad time to sell or buy. Each individual situation is completely different. We report on averages and general market trends as this represents overall market best. Get in touch with any specific questions HERE or connect with us on Facebook.